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Mr Andrew John Parry

Last updated: 4 Jan 2023

GMC: 3090680
Areas of Practice: Congenital
Region: South West
Hospitals: Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and Bristol Royal Infirmary

Having completed a basic surgical training in 1990, I pursued a specialist training in cardiothoracic surgery. I was a registrar at the Oxford Heart Centre, then senior registrar in Papworth Hospital, Cambs, before returning to the Oxford Heart Centre to complete my senior registrar period. Following completion of this and success in the specialist examination (McCormick medal) I was added to the specialist register for cardiothoracic surgery, then went to the University of California, San Francisco where I undertook a specialist training in congenital cardiac surgery under Professor Frank Hanley. After the clinical training I undertook a period of research within the department studying the inflammatory response of the foetus to cardioplacental bypass which culminated in me being awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine from Oxford University.

Having gained a full medical licence to practice in California I was appointed to the position of Assistant Professor and Attending Surgeon at University of California, San Francisco in 1997 working with Professor Hanley until I took up the post of Consultant Congenital Cardiac Surgeon at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children in 1999 where I continue today.

I am chief of Congenital Cardiac Surgery at The Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. I have set up a programme for the management of patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and have developed a service for the management of patients with PA/VSD/MAPCAs. I have also led visiting cardiac surgical teams to operate in hospitals in Kenya and Tanzania, and led efforts to set up a service in Homs, Syria.

Clinical interests

  • Cardiac surgery for congenital heart defects in all ages including neonates and Grown Up Congenital Heart Disease (GUCH)
  • Management of patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Management of patients with pulmonary atresia, VSD, and Major AortoPulmonary Collateral Arteries (MAPCAs)
  • Difficult pacing problems

My research interests include the physiology of congenital heart disease in single ventricle circulations, fetal bypass and its clinical applications, and cerebral dysfunction associated with congenital heart disease and its treatment.

Training Attended

Senior Registrar Papworth Hospital

Senior Registrar Oxford Heart Centre

Clinical Fellow University of California, San Francisco

Assistant Professor and Attending Surgeon University of California, San Francisco

Qualifications & Accreditations

BM BCh (Oxon)

MA (Oxon)

DM (Oxon)

FRCS (CTh)(Eng)


Congenital Surgery

This consultant has been a part of the following outcomes audits, please click on any outcomes audit to see their data:

National Congenital Heart Disease Audit (NCHDA) – 2020 Summary Report (2018/2019 Data)

SCTS Committees

This consultant is or was a member of the following committees, click on any committee to see more information:

CommitteeOfficeTerm of Office
Board of RepresentativesCongenital Surgery Representative-
Congenital Cardiac SurgeryChair2022-2025
Congenital Cardiac SurgeryUnit Representative2017 - 2022
Executive CommitteeElected Trustee/Congenital Committee Co-Chair2021 - 2024
Professional StandardsExecutive Co-Chair2022-2025
Patient Safety & Quality Improvement Working GroupCo-Chair2022-2025


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